Solicitor advocate John Scott has been appointed Queens Counsel, the only solicitor advocate among a tranche of ten new silks announced today.
Scott has been a prominent and outspoken commentator and advocate of human rights issues, and is the incumbent Criminal Lawyer of the Year as awarded at the Law Awards of Scotland.
Eight of the remaining appointees are members or former members of the Faculty of Advocates, together with Sir Angus Grossart, who is made an Honorary QC.
A statement announcing the appointment said :"The rank of Queen’s Counsel is generally reserved for those who have distinguished themselves in practice in the Supreme Courts."
"The Honorary QC rank is made to individuals who have distinguished themselves in public life and this honour has previously been bestowed on Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the Earl of Selkirk and the late John Smith. There is also a precedent in relation to the appointment of a servicing member of the judiciary."